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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC v3 3/3] pinctrl: add pinctrl gpio binding support
On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:59:47PM +0800, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 05/24/2012 09:22 PM, Dong Aisheng wrote:
> > On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 11:22:13PM +0800, Stephen Warren wrote:
> ...
> >> The problem is this:
> >>
> >> Thread 1: Call of_node_to_gpiochip(), returns a gpio_chip.
> >> Thread 2: Unregisters the same gpio_chip that was returned above.
> >> Thread 1: Accesses the now unregistered (and possibly free'd) gpio_chip
> >> -> at best, bad data, at worst, OOPS.
> >>
> > Correct. We did have this issue.
> > Thanks for clarify.
> >
> >> In order to prevent this, of_node_to_gpiochip() should take measures to
> >> prevent another thread from unregistering the gpio_chip until thread 1
> >> has completed its step above.
> >>
> >> The existing of_get_named_gpio_flags() is safe from this, since
> >> gpiochip_find() acquires the GPIO lock, and all accesses to the fouond
> >> gpio chip occur with that lock held, inside the match function. Perhaps
> >> a similar approach could be used here.
> >
> > Why it looks to me of_get_named_gpio_flags has the same issue and also not safe?
> > For of_node_to_gpiochip itself called in of_get_named_gpio_flags, it's safe.
>
> Uggh. Yes, I meant that of_node_to_gpiochip() itself doesn't have this
> issue, but you're right, it looks like of_get_named_gpio_flags() does.
>
> > But after that, i'm suspecting it has the same issue as you described above, right?
> >
> > For example:
> > int of_get_named_gpio_flags(struct device_node *np, const char *propname,
> > int index, enum of_gpio_flags *flags)
> > {
> > ...
> > gc = of_node_to_gpiochip(gpiospec.np);
> > if (!gc) {
> > pr_debug("%s: gpio controller %s isn't registered\n",
> > np->full_name, gpiospec.np->full_name);
> > ret = -ENODEV;
> > goto err1;
> > }
> >
> > ===> the gc may be unregistered here by another thread and
> > even already have been freed, right?
> >
> > ret = gc->of_xlate(gc, &gpiospec, flags);
> > ...
> > }
> >
> > Maybe we need get the lock in of_node_to_gpiochip and release it by calling
> > of_gpio_put(..) after using?
>
> Yes, something like that; it should take the module lock, not the gpio lock.
>
Okay, i will try to add it.

Regards
Dong Aisheng



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